Josh ran his hands over his face. “We both saw that.” he said to Reece. “It’s happening. She’s only seventeen.”
“Josh, she’s almost an adult. You can talk to her and Nick, but you can’t stop them.”
“Well, like I could. Zac always gets what she wants.” Josh laid back on his bed. “Maybe it’s time I step up as man of the house and put my foot down.”
“That’s something I’d pay to see.” Reece chuckled.
Josh sat up. “You know what, I am going to do it. It’s one thing to let Zac get away with the little things, but this is her virginity we’re talking about. It’s my job to make sure she doesn’t lose it until she’s out of my house. Until she’s married preferably.”
“I don’t know about that, they were hot and heavy.”
“At least not while she lives in my house.”
“Josh, you need to be the understanding brother. If you try to tell her what to do she’ll just get pissed and run to Nick faster.”
“That’s not fair! I’m always understanding. I don’t want to be understanding this time.”
“You don’t have to be with Nick. He’ll respect your wishes. Or try to. You can lay it down with him, just don’t let Zac find out.”
“Fine. I’m talking to Nick, tonight.”
Nick was a bit wary when Josh asked him to take a walk with him at nearly midnight, but he went.
“I saw you and Zac, in the hallway.” Josh said.
Nick swallowed. “Oh.”
“You’re a good guy Nick, you’re a great friend. But I’ve got to do what’s best for Zac. I’ll let you two be together, I know I can’t stop you. But you can’t sleep with her. Not when she’s only seventeen.”
“I wasn’t exactly planning to sleep with her. I know she’s young.”
“You two were pretty hot and heavy in the hallway. I don’t like where this is going.”
“Josh, it’s not going anywhere. Zac and me are not going to get together. The hallway, it was a moment of weakness. I forgot who she was. She’s Zac, she’s my buddy and your little sister. I know better. Nothing is going to happen. I’m sorry I freaked you out.”
“Look I’m not asking you to stay away-”
“I know you’re not. I’m telling you. Nothing more is going to happen. She’s just a damn kid and I don’t want her okay? So can we just drop this?”
“Well Zac might think there is something more.”
“I’ll set her straight. We’re just going to be friends, that’s it. Okay?”
Josh sighed. “Alright, but only if she’s okay with it. If Zac wants to be with you then you don’t have a choice.”
“Josh, Zac has to learn the word no.”
“Hey, you kissed her first. You started it. If it had been the other way around I would be okay, but you gave her the idea. And you’ve got to learn to stick to your actions. If you think I’m going to let you so much as hurt her feelings, much less break her heart, you’ve got another thing coming.”
Josh said, his voice hard now. “And if you hurt her you and I are no longer friends and you‘ll be lucky if I don‘t beat your ass. Zac is more than my little sister, Nick. She’s my whole damn world. She’s the damn center of it. You ought to know that better than anyone.”
Josh turned and stormed back towards the house.
Nick ran a hand through his hair. He was in some deep shit. Because Nick was known as a notorious heartbreaker. Sometime he did it purposely, but mostly he couldn’t help it. The last thing he wanted to do was break Zac’s heart. But he wasn’t sure if he could keep from doing that.